Lexington Earns National Ranking For Best College Destinations

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Updated: 4/01/2013 5:16 pm

A recent study said a dropping unemployment rate means a better college experience for Lexington students.

The American Institute for Economic Research looked at 12 factors to rank cities based on environment, quality of life and employment opportunities.

Lexington ranked 16th out of the top 20 “small metro” areas for the best college cities for 2012-2013.

In addition to unemployment rates, the study also evaluated factors such as earning potential, cost of living and student diversity, among others.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said it’s the same characteristics that make Lexington good for students that make the city a great place for businesses and families.

“Branding Lexington nationally, even internationally, as a great place to live, to work, to raise a family is all about creating economic opportunities and jobs,” Gray said.

“That’s what’s so important with a ranking like this.”

The AIER listed the top 75 best college towns and cities.

They were split into four categories based on population.

Louisville also made the list for top 20 “mid-size” college cities.

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